Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beware 'Horrible' Keane ( Beckham

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beware 'Horrible' Keane ( Beckham

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

David Beckham has warned his England colleagues to watch out for Sunderland next season because their "horrible" manager will make the Black Cats a tough proposition.

The last time the Wearsiders played in the Premiership in 2005-6 they were an extremely soft touch, claiming just 15 points from a season of record-breaking incompetence. But Real Madrid midfielder Beckham believes it will be different this time thanks to the brooding presence of one of his former team-mates in the dugout.

Beckham and Keane were Manchester United colleagues for eight seasons and while the 32-year-old does not hide his admiration for his former captain, he admits the experience was not always a pleasurable one.

"People always ask me what Roy Keane was like and was he horrible and, yes, he was horrible at times but that was the reason we won so much at Man United ( because of his mentality and his passion for the game," argued Beckham, who this weekend was recalled to the England squad 11 months after winning his last cap in the World Cup quarter-final defeat to Portugal.

"Sometimes you have to be horrible on a football pitch. I'm not great at it but I think that gets the best out of your team. Through his career he had his ups and downs and difficulties, he's reacted to things in the way players and people should. He just gets on with his life and does the things he wants to achieve. That's why he's achieved so much with Sunderland.

"It's great that he is going be in the Premiership this year and I think a lot of people will have to watch Sunderland because they're definitely going to have passion."

During the later years of Beckham's time at Old Trafford, which ended with his move to Madrid in 2003, Keane skippered the Red Devils to unprecedented success at home and abroad, as well as leading the Republic of Ireland to the 2002 World Cup. …

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